I am about six months out from separating from the army, :smt040 and am seriously considering otr as an after military option. No wife, no kids, negligable debt and only a smallish pile of worldly belongings means that I can hit it hard for ten to fifteen and then work investment properties till I am dead with no one to leave my fortune to. Either that or just get a little ahead before I get a wife and kids to help me spend my money.
Anyway, I am interested in doing the Community College ten week course in Lincoln NE and was wondering if anyone here knows anything about it. I know that the school works with Crete to train its drivers, but am unaware of any other companies that it might be affiliated with. I am not sure it will matter, because if Crete is hiring I will give them a good look before I go elswhere.
I would like to hear from anyone that has taken the course or worked with anyone that has taken the course, to see how well it prepares prospective drivers. Also, I am wondering if signing on with Crete before school is a good idea or not. I can afford to take the coarse on my own dime, but I don't know if it is a better deal that way or not.
Southeast Community College - Lincoln
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First, thank you for your service to our country, second, welcome to the forum. As for knowing about the program sorry no information here BUT you are doing yourself a huge favor by going the pay for it yourself route. This way you are not obligated to a company for your training and it will give you some options as to where you want to start your new way of life. From everything I have heard and read over the years, paying for your training with your own dime is the BEST WAY TO GO. There are some real horror stories about guys/gals that have gone the company paid training way.....not a good way to start out.
I've heard that community college course in Lincoln runs about 950, not including room and board or meals. I don't know how long it lasts, but I bet you can find some sort of inexpensive housing you can rent on a per-week basis. I'd check the hotels and motels around Lincoln, along with the housing office at the university there.
I think this college is a good deal, as Crete actually hires fresh grads from there. It IS a bit high in price, but it's still way, way lower than what I paid almost 12 years ago.
Go for it.
I can't believe this happened, but I just spent 40 minutes typing you everything about SCC. I was disconnected; I lost it all. I live in Lincoln and did most of my MA at UNL, but now I want to go in another direction. I've spoken to the instructors and Crete Carrier. I have all of their papers for admission here, but it will take another bit of time to put all of the stuff up. I'll do it in parts this time. Please bear with me.
The cost of the program is $731 plus books ($35-$50) and fees ($25 graduating costs). The books will vary in cost with what endorsements you seek to have on your CDL. The school can give you a list of long-term housing providers (motels) in the case that you're from a smaller, satellite city.
Tuition pust be paid prior to the first day of class, but a local company (FACTS) will do a delayed deposit payment for you. Just like every other place up and down 'O' Street offers to Joe Schmoe. They (FACTS) pay up front. Then, they withdraw every two weeks one-third of their loan from your checking account. Obviously, it takes six weeks. Plus, I think they ask a $35 processing fee.
Admission requirements include high school or college transcripts; a placement test in math, reading, and writing that can be waived if requirements are met; an MVR; and a DOT physical within the last year. You can get a list of those approved for the physical from school. It will cost about $50-$65. The DOT drug test of the physical has to be within the last 30 days before admission. Admission is non-competitive. If you meet all of those requirements, you're good to go.
More to come.
I have a few questions for ya, Southern Cal born. Understand that I live in Salt Lake City, Utah at the moment.
1. Can those who live outside Nebraska get the program for that price, or is that "in-state only" ?
2. How long is the program?
3. Can I use Crete's terminal as my "home" address to get the CDL?
4. If I get the CDL in Nebraska, will I be required to move to Nebraska in order to keep it?
4b. If I get the CDL in Nebraska and choose to stay in my home state of Utah, will I have to change the CDL to a Utah CDL? I assume this answer is "yes", even though the answer to #3 above could be "yes".
4c. Will I have a problem changing my CDL to Utah? I did this about ten years ago with no problems, but things could have changed.
This sounds like a good deal. I might want to go this route down the road later if I decide to get my Class-A back. I want to do this legally, but I don't want to have to move to Nebraska to do it.
Out-of-state tuition is $867. That includes fees, too. Comparing the two tuitions, it's not that different. It's pretty good. In CA, in-state at a UC costs about $5,000. Out-of-state runs up to $20,000.
I just came back for a second. A little later, I can get back online and describe a bit more about what I gleamed.
I know Crete will let you use their address as your 'mailbox'. If that qualifies as your home address, I don't know. I showed interest in driving. I asked them that, and that was the answer the guy gave me. I hear it's a common practice; the owner of the cab company for which I used to drive mentioned he did the same thing. I have nothing for which I need to come back here. I can throw my books and DVDs into storage. So, can we qualify that as a 'yes'?
I'm happy to have served L.M.H., but I will be happier to get out alive. This is starting to become a raw deal for all of us.
I have family all over the area that would be happy to feed me and a friend or seven that will put me up till I find an apartement. So the first two blocks of the human needs pyrimid are good to go...
I am trained to do dangrous stuff out here, but I see an alarming number of soldiers that aren't trained thrown into tasks they've no buisiness tackling. I don't want to be that poor half trained sucker hauling a tank of oxygen through a cali wild fire.
I am willing to dive into the riskier trucking jobs (oversize, super-oversize and haz-tanking) as soon as I can and pound some cash out of 'em while I am still unmarried. So the main thing I am considering about SCC Lincoln is the quality of the course. SCC has a good rep, and I attended there on and off before this little army adventure, but I have no idea about their Trucking program. This field just became interesting to me recently.
Anyone have a line on the calibre of training available there?
I unfortunately have no information on the quality of training at SCC, but I am well aware of Crete's reputation as a no nonsense company who is very focused on safety. I have read over and over how they will not allow you to run illegal (hours), how much of a stickler they are for accurate logging and how well they train their drivers to do their job before they allow them in a truck. If Crete hires students out of SCC's program, you bet it is a good one. I have also read that students who have finished other CDL programs, have been required to have some type of refresher or even be completely retrained before going to Crete. IMHO, the fact that Crete will hire graduates directly out of this program speaks volumes for it's quality.
CCC in Hastings NE is $1797.00, for 4 weeks, plus $55.00 for your CDL. I've taken all the written test and got those out of the way. That way you just have to learn how to drive while in school. Also if you take all the endorsement test before school then your CDL is only $55.00. If not they charge you $10.00 every time you pass a endorsement and get a new CDL.
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